Obituary: Janis Robins, chemist, inventor, civic leader

  • by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2013 - 7:04 PM

At 19, Janis Robins fled Latvia with his family, escaping the Soviet-backed regime’s efforts to send hundreds of thousands of Latvians to forced labor camps in Siberia. They survived a harrowing boat ride across the Baltic Sea in 1944 and settled in a refugee camp in Germany.

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